- Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, has sent a powerful message to DisCos
- The NASS had on Monday, June 29, halted the planned tariff increment
- Lawan urged the DisCos to provide meters for Nigerians before thinking of increase in tariff
Ahmad Lawan, Nigeria's Senate president, has urged electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to install functional meters for their customers before planning any tariff increase.
The Nation reports that Lawan spoke on Tuesday, June 30, after he and the speaker of the House of Representatives met with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on the proposed increase in electricity tariff.
Legit.ng gathered that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had announced that the new price regime for electricity consumers would start today, July 1.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Osinbajo heads the power sector reform coordination working group.
In a statement on Monday, June 29, the National Assembly had said its leadership had agreed with the DisCos to suspend the planned increase.
Lawan, who addressed State House correspondents after meeting, said the increase was untimely as necessary parameters should be on the ground before such hike.
“Nigerians have a lot of challenges to bear because of COVID-19 pandemic and the situation requires that we should do everything possible to make life easy for our citizens. Of course, the government is doing a lot in this respect.
Lawan noted that to stabilise power supply, the share purchase agreement signed between the federal government and the DisCos at the point of privatisation must be adhered to.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government's planned hike in electricity tariffs from Wednesday, July, 1 was postponed.
It was reported that the decision was arrived at after the leadership of the National Assembly on Monday, June 29, convinced the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to defer the plan until the first quarter of 2021.
A statement on Monday, June 29, by Ola Awoniyi, media aide to Senate President revealed that his principal, alongside the speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, met with the DISCOs to resolve the issue.
In another report, the Chad Republic pleaded for the federal government of Nigeria to supply it with electricity.
The Chadian ambassador to Nigeria, Abakar Saleh Chachaimi, asked for his country to be connected to Nigeria’s electricity grid.
The envoy made the request during a visit to the minister of power, Sale Mamman in Abuja, Daily Trust reported. He said connecting Chad to Nigeria’s electricity would further enhance the historical and economic collaborations between both countries.
In response, Nigeria’s minister of power, Mamman, said the request by the Chadian envoy would be evaluated for possible approval.
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